NEWS from the Lone Star State Incident Management Team

Texas Forest Service’s Lone Star State Incident Management Team (IMT) left College Station at 1 p.m. today to set up operations in the Houston Astrodome.  In a change from their duties in Louisiana with Hurricane Katrina, the team has been asked to take the lead role as coordinating agency for the integrated response to Hurricane Rita.


The Lone Star State IMT will coordinate both state and federal response teams operating in the Astrodome for Urban Search and Rescue and Disaster Medical Assistance Teams after landfall to maximize the response while ensuring no duplication of efforts occur.  This is the same type of role the team played in the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia ground and air search recovery effort.


TFS will also be taking the lead role in coordinating the air response activity for all responding agencies, including initial search and rescue operations.


In addition, the Texas Interagency Coordination Center (TICC), a cooperative effort of the Texas Forest Service (TFS), United States Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs, is moving its operations from Lufkin to the newly opened TFS Emergency Operations Center due to the hurricane threat in East Texas.


TICC is responsible for moving all state and federal resources – crews, equipment, supplies, etc. – to Texas from other states for recovery efforts. It is the same center that coordinated moving 25,000 personnel to Texas in the Shuttle recovery mission.